Alliance for Great Lakes Urges for More Public Input on Water Diversions

The Great Lakes are huge — and hugely important to the region — but their water is not unlimited. If we’re not careful, they could go away.

Proposals to divert water outside of the Great Lakes are hotly debated around the region. As they should be! The public should have plenty of opportunities to weigh in as regional leaders assess them. Tell Great Lakes leaders to provide more options for formal public input when evaluating water diversion proposals.

Great Lakes Compact is a binational agreement that bans diversions of Great Lakes water outside the basin, with limited exceptions. For example, Waukesha, Wisconsin applied for Lake Michigan water because it straddles the Great Lakes basin divide. Regional leaders spent years reviewing and refining Waukesha’s proposal. Unfortunately, people around the lakes didn’t have enough formal opportunities to share their views.

Now, regional leaders are taking a look at their water diversion review process.From Waukesha’s diversion to major industrial proposals like the Foxconn plant, it’s clear that requests for Great Lakes water will keep popping up. People around the region rely on that water, and they should have a say in whether or not it stays in the lakes.

The public must have a stronger voice in protecting Great Lakes water. Take a minute today to tell Great Lakes leaders to add more opportunities for formal public comment when considering proposals to divert Great Lakes water.

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The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.

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